The company all about showing how safe their cars are with the so-jarring-you'll-vomit commercials showed this week how un-safe they can be with things like plans for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's armored limousine. The plans for Merkel's un-pimped, yet stylishly bullet-resistant ride, along with her predecessor Gerhard Schr der and the leader of the Social Democrat party, Kurt Beck, were on laptops stolen on September 21 from the offices of a distribution center in Teltow, eastern Germany, run by VW and its luxury auto unit Audi. Although investigators think the burglars were ordinary criminals only interested in stealing expensive computer equipment rather than the sensitive data on the laptop's hard drive platters, the police probably didn't have to surrender to the press this valuable nugget of information:
"For example if someone finds out that politician X uses a vehicle with protection category 4 which is protected from rounds fired out of a Magnum 44 revolver, he knows he will have to bring along a G1 rifle to endanger his target..."
Right, so the German police are now helping the thugs move up the ladder from "ordinary criminals" to "would-be assassins." Nice job, guys — way to tell them exactly what they needed to know. [Hat tip to Zerin]
Thieves Steal Secrets About Merkel's Armored Limousine [Spiegel Online]
BMW to Show Armored 5-Series in Frankfurt [internal]